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NC bigot pastor Patrick Wooden invited to LaBarbera presser claims ‘gay men need diapers’

Peter LaBarbera is trying to do damage control about the pathetic press conference he held today outside of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He, along with the black rent-a-pastors he brought along the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to boost his credibility, only managed to confirm that these anti-gay organizations belong on SPLC’s designated hate group list.

The bonus proof? The presence of one of NC’s most visible marriage discrimination amendment proponents, Patrick Wooden of Raleigh’s Upper Room Church of Christ in God. This pimp of bigotry made this utterly deranged anus-obsessive statement on the air with LaBarbera on January 14. From People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch:

Wooden: The God of the Bible made the human sperm, the God of the Bible designed it and it was not designed to be emptied into an area that is filled with feces, there is nothing for it to germinate with, it will most certainly mean the extinction of the human race. My belief is that if the medical community would just step forward and just would share with the American people what happens to the male anus, the problems that homosexuals have with their rectums, the damage that is done, the operations that are needed to sew up their bodies if you will, and how many of the men don’t even give these stitches time to heal before they are back out there practicing that wicked behavior. Some are bleeders, men who are not turned off by ingesting the feces of other men.

…If the truth was told, people would literally gag and no one would want to be in a lifestyle like that. Who wants to practice anything that is going to ultimately lead a grown man to about the time he’s in his 40s or 50s, or what not, having to wear a diaper or a butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels?

Wow. Just. Wow. Someone needs some time on the couch to discuss some personal issues. The SPLC had this to say about the motley crew of fundamentalist haters.

Today at noon, a group of the nastiest gay-bashers in America plans to hold a press conference in front of the Montgomery, Ala., offices of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which publishes this blog. Claiming that the SPLC is engaged in a “campaign to demonize adherents of traditional Judeo-Christian morality,” the white organizers of the press conference are bringing along a set of black pastors in a presumed bid to embarrass the SPLC, a 40-year-old anti-racist civil rights organization.

The irony is that SPLC has named five of the participating organizations as hate groups precisely because they demonize LGBT people, using a series of well-worn lies to paint gays and lesbians as perverts, pedophiles and worse. Despite the claims of the groups, the SPLC is not attacking anyone’s morality. Instead, our hate group listings reflect the fact that they regularly propagate known falsehoods.

Take the press conference’s chief organizer, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), and its leader, Peter LaBarbera. In 2007, LaBarbera claimed that there was “a disproportionate incidence of pedophilia” among gay men — a devastating accusation, but one that is entirely false, according to all the relevant scientific organizations. LaBarbera has compared the alleged dangers of homosexuality to those of “smoking, alcohol and drug abuse” and the AFTAH website describes it as a “lethal behavior addiction.” AFTAH has also claimed that an anti-bullying bill in California promoted cross-dressing and sex-change operations, among other things, to kindergartners and other children.

Surf over and read SPLC’s breakdown of the bigots that attended today’s press conference — there’s no doubt that these are hate groups.


Speaking of NC and the amendment, tomorrow is the kickoff of Protect All NC Families campaign site to defeat Amendment One. Its web site is up: The event will be held at Room #1228 in the North Carolina General Assembly building. You can follow along at its media action center:

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